A Mixed Methods Study of the Social Support Networks of Female Sex Workers and Their Primary Noncommercial Male Partners in Tijuana, Mexico

Karla D. Wagner, Jennifer L. Syvertsen, Silvia R. Verdugo, Steffanie A. Strathdee, JL Molina

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Abstract

Female sex workers (FSWs) are at risk for multiple health harms, including HIV. This article describes a mixed methods study of the social support networks of 19 FSWs and their primary male sex partners in Tijuana, Mexico. We collected quantitative and qualitative social network data, including quantitative network measures, qualitative narratives, and network visualizations. Methodologically, we illustrate how a convergent mixed methods approach to studying personal social support networks of FSWs can yield a more holistic understanding of network composition and role. From a health-related perspective, we show how migration/deportation and stigma shape social networks and might be leveraged to support HIV prevention interventions. We believe others can benefit from a mixed methods approach to studying social networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-457
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Mixed Methods Research
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • female sex workers
  • social networks
  • drug use
  • HIV
  • US BORDER CITIES
  • INJECTION-DRUG USE
  • SUBSTANCE USE
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS
  • PERSONAL NETWORKS
  • HIV TRANSMISSION
  • CONDOM USE
  • HIGH-RISK
  • WOMEN
  • CHILDREN

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